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TECN Media Fellow Sandy Hausman travels to tiny Estonia to learn about offshore wind development. 


In this 5-part audio series, Sandy Hausman, an HBF Energy and Climate Media Fellow for 2015, reports on recent advancements in marine energy development in Europe and the U.S. These stories were originally published for Virginia Public Radio. 

Teeside Offshore Wind Farm

Sandy Hausman, a 2015 Media Fellow of Heinrich Boell North America, investigates the secrets behind Denmark's success with wind power in part one of her series.

Offshore Wind Power: No Promises for VA's Coast

Part two of a series by Sandy Hausman, a 2015 Energy and Climate Media Fellow for Heinrich Böll North America, on offshore wind power in the US and Europe. Part 2 explores the linkages between wind farming in Denmark and Virginia.

On A Tiny Danish Island: Making Electricity Demand Meet Supply

Stephanie Joyce, a 2015 Energy and Climate Media Fellow for Heinrich Böll North America, investigates how the tiny Danish island of Bornholm makes electricity demand meet supply in part one of her series.

On Denmark’s Road To Renewable Power

How does Denmark plan to transition to 100 percent renewable energy by 2050 -- and how does it already get almost half of its electricity from renewables? Stephanie Joyce, a 2015 Energy and Climate Media Fellow for Heinrich Böll North America, has an answer in part three and the final installment of her series from Bornholm, Denmark.

Grid Guinea Pigs On A Tiny Danish Island

Part two of a series by Stephanie Joyce, another 2015 Energy and Climate Media Fellow for Heinrich Böll North America, in Bornholm, Denmark - or as she puts it, "a real-life test lab for the grid of the future." Listen and read more at Inside Energy:

The EU Low Carbon Economy Tour 2015 gets underway

This week The Heinrich Böll Foundation is hosting a delegation of U.S. state legislators on the EU Low Carbon Economy Tour 2015.

The car of the future — the very near future — might be driven by the wind

People have been fantasizing about hydrogen cars forever. It was the car of the future before the Prius and the Tesla were the car of the future. TECN Media Fellow Peter Thomson reports from Berlin on the development of hydrogen-power cars in Germany.

When the grid says 'no' to wind and solar power, this company's technology helps it say 'yes' again

Too much solar and wind power. Really? Is that possible? It’s a good problem to have, because if we’re going to beat climate change, we’re going to need way more low-carbon energy than we get now. But it’s still a problem for Germany.

How do you catch the sun to make electricity at night? This German inventor has an answer

Solar power production has grown more than 25 times over the last decade in Germany, spurred largely by big incentives for small producers to get into the market. But sunshine and wind power are intermittent, so engineers and others are looking for ways to balance out the flow of these renewable power sources through new storage technologies.

Renewable Energy in the Baltics and the Future of European Energy Security

On December 15, 2014, the Heinrich Böll Foundation hosted representatives of renewable energy associations from each of the Baltic states – Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania – in Washington. See interviews with them here about diversifying the energy mix to include more renewables.

Copenhagen Turns to Two Wheels and Takes Off

Today, 60 percent of people in Copenhagen's city core commute by bike. In the greater Copenhagen area, over 40 percent do. “It’s not something that’s in Copenhagen’s genes, or that we’re weirder or stranger than any other people on earth,” Kabell says. “Every city can do this.”

The Carbon Bubble: Assessing the risks to investors in the EU and U.S. financial systems

On December 4, 2014, the Heinrich Boell Foundation hosted representatives from the Sustainable Finance Lab and Carbon Tracker for a transatlantic discussion about the possible financial risks of the carbon bubble. You can listen the recording of the discussion and find the event materials here.

How Denmark and Texas Became Wind Energy Kings

Standing on the shore of the Baltic sea a few miles outside of Copenhagen, Denmark, the view’s about what you’d expect. Rocky shore, grey horizon, a boat here or there. But this shore is special. Look up, and you’ll see — and hear — three giant offshore wind turbines cutting through the air. Each stands 500 feet tall, with three blades (each close to 200 feet long), spinning non-stop.

What Spain Can Teach Texas About Solar Energy

About an hour’s drive outside of Sevilla, Spain’s old city, past grazing black-footed pigs and olive orchards, sits the Abengoa Solucar complex, and it’s truly a sight: Imagine cresting a hill and then all of the sudden seeing several large towers, over 500 feet high, with hundreds of beams of light striking them — solar rays from an army of mirrors arrayed in a circle on the ground below. They’re called heliostats.

Pennsylvania Drills Wherever It Can

This fall the Heinrich Böll Foundation hosted a delegation of civil society representatives and journalists from Poland for a study tour to Washington, D.C., Pennsylvania and New York State to gain a better understanding of the effects that natural gas exploration have had on local communities along the Marcellus Shale. Tomasz Ulanowski, a reporter for the Polish daily newspaper Wyborcza, wrote this report.

#TECN14 - EU Low Carbon Economy Tour: September 7-12, 2014

A select group of American energy policy experts, who are engaged in finding new, cross-party solutions for energy and environmental policy, visited Germany, Denmark and Sweden to study the economic and ecological benefits of Europe’s transition to clean energy. Check out our Storify about the tour!

Siemens Wind Sees Prairie Power Potential

2014 journalism fellow Andy Marso reports about investments by European companies in Kansas wind.


As Kansas legislators argue about whether climate change is happening, European leaders act. Read the newest article by Andy Marso, a 2014 recipient of the Transatlantic Energy and Climate Network's Energy and Climate Media Fellowship.

Germany's Cautionary, But Hopeful, Renewable Energy Tale

On a recent Monday morning, Jan Peter Klatt sat in his office in Germany’s Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy and strained to hear a recording of an interview with Kansas Sen. Forrest Knox, R-Altoona.

Knox was making one last unsuccessful pitch to repeal Kansas’ renewable energy standards by citing Germany, where he said the transition from fossil fuels to renewables was “de-industrializing” the nation.

“It isn’t,” Klatt says. “And especially it wouldn’t be de-industrializing for the States (now). We have to differentiate between the past and the future.”

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The Transatlantic Energy and Climate Network is a project of the Heinrich Böll Foundation in Washington, D.C., committed to strengthening dialogue between Americans and Europeans to promote a sustainable clean energy economy on both sides of the Atlantic. It encourages a transatlantic exchange of best practices for advancing a green economy, including the production and deployment of renewable energy, sustainable urban development and preparing for the impacts of climate change. The project is a collaboration with the Heinrich Böll Foundation’s offices in Brussels, Warsaw and Prague.

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2015 Fellow Stephanie Joyce on PBS News Hour

Meet the 2015 Energy and Climate Media Fellows!

The Heinrich Böll Foundation is very pleased to present the recipients of The Transatlantic Energy and Climate Network's 2015 Energy and Climate Media Fellowships. The goal of these fellowships is to create opportunities for American journalists to research and report stories from Europe about European approaches to energy and climate policy that would inform policy debates in the United States. Click to read more about Sandy Hausman Stephanie Joyce and Erica Peterson 

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2014 Climate and Energy Media Fellow Peter Thomson explores developments in energy storage in Germany. Click here!

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